Rebels Cloud Sun’s Hopes With Draw At Westhills Stadium

Rebels Defense Hold Opponents To A Pair Of TD's Over 120 Minutes of Play

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August 11, 2018 ( ISN) - Westshore's Cody Holmes would be invaluable for his team playing receiver, punt returner, and field goal kicker successfully for his team - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

August 12, 2018   Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels extended their unbeaten, regular season record to eleven games dating back to August 5th, 2017, as the all-red drew even with the Okanagan Sun 18-18 on a second half comeback and a missed, game-winning Sun field goal Saturday afternoon at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC.

August 11, 2018 ( ISN) - Rebel's Nathan Falito with a near end zone reception similar to last weekend's game in Langley, BC - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
August 11, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN) – Rebel’s Nathan Falito with a near end zone reception similar to last weekend’s game in Langley, BC – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

With the win, the Rebels can boast a 11-0, regular season unbeaten streak going into next weekend’s match against Kamloops Broncos.

Relieved to come away with the tie after holding a brief lead, head coach Charly Cardilicchia as realistic about the outcome. ” At the end of the day, we did dodge a bit of a bullet. That was a pretty easy kick for a kicker ( Isaac Wenger ) that is not a bad kicker. To come away with a point like that….I think we were lucky in getting, but I know a message was sent to them that we’re not a team to be taken lightly.”

With many players already in the disabled list, sidelined with short-term injuries, the Rebels would have their work cut out for themselves before ever taking the field. The absence of a few key defensive players and a field goal kicker surely give the visiting Sun reason to feel confident in their game.

August 11, 2018 ( ISN) - Rebel's WR D'Shaun Greenaway gets a hard ride on a controversial non-call as he is taken out of bounds - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
August 11, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN) – Rebel’s WR D’Shaun Greenaway gets a hard ride on a controversial non-call as he is taken out of bounds – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Rebel’s fortunes last game against the Langley Rams, much attributed to the aggressive play of the Westshore defense, would repeat itself in Langford as the Rebel’s would continue to struggle to find their offensive game mojo against an explosive Sun team.

A defensive battle the first half of the game, the Sun would take advantage with a 12-3 lead at the half on an early field goal, a touchback, and a rushing TD by starting Sun QB Jacob Loucks from two yards out. Loucks, going 5-17 on his abbreviated day, would leave the game on the last Sun possession of the game in the half and not return after a punishing tackle by a revved up Rebel defense.

August 11, 2018 ( ISN) - Okanagan Sun starting QB would leave at the half after a hard tackle. He would leave the game with 48 yards passing on 5-17 passing - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
August 11, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN) – Okanagan Sun starting QB would leave at the half after a hard tackle. He would leave the game with 48 yards passing on 5-17 passing – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Rebel’s starting QB Mason Brown, enduring relentless Okanagan pressure much of the game, would find team mate Cody Holmes with a twenty-four yard strike in the end zone to pull to within two points down 12-10 in the third quarter. Brown, chased most of the game in the backfield, would finish the game with a still-meaningful 224 yards passing for his team.

August 11, 2018 ( ISN) - Starting Rebel's QB Mason Brown tries to pick a receiver. Brown, having to pick himself up frequently in the game would still finish with 203 yards passing despite the pressure - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
August 11, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN) – Starting Rebel’s QB Mason Brown tries to pick a receiver. Brown, having to pick himself up frequently in the game would still finish with 203 yards passing despite the pressure – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Rebel’s defense, much the reason for the team’s early-season success, would never let the their foot off the pedal in the second half, forcing back up QB Matthew Mahler, after a 0-5 passing performance, to relying on a ground attack most of his tenure in the game. Rebel’s Rashaun Provo would make his presence felt in the Sun backfield, recording a game-high seven tackles to lead both teams.

August 11, 2018 ( ISN) - D-man Rashaun Provo of Westshore makes one of his game-high seven tackles - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
August 11, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN) – D-man Rashaun Provo of Westshore makes one of his game-high seven tackles – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

That defense would turn away a surging offensive Sun team, relegating them to just single field goal to take, what seemed, a safe 15-10 lead into the fourth quarter.  Over the last 120 minutes of play, the Rebel’s defense has allowed only two touchdowns so far this season.

August 11, 2018 ( ISN) - Sun's offense would come from the ground attack putting 135 yards on the stat sheet - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
August 11, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN) – Sun’s offense would come from the ground attack putting 135 yards on the stat sheet – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Both teams would spar most of the final quarter until a Sun’s error would nearly cost them the game at the 2:42 mark remaining in the quarter.

The Rebel’s, becoming known around the BCFC as a hard-hitting, defensive crew, would benefit offensively on an Okanagan fumble, when a Sun ball would be jarred loose and picked up by defensive lineman Lowhys Lako, running fifty-five yards, diving into the house for the go ahead TD, giving the home team a 18-17 lead.

August 11, 2018 ( ISN) - Rebel's DL Lowhys Lako would cross the finish line first after picking up a Sun fumble and run it fifty-five yards for the go ahead TD. - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
August 11, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN) – Rebel’s DL Lowhys Lako would cross the finish line first after picking up a Sun fumble and run it fifty-five yards for the go ahead TD. – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Rebel offense, unable to take advantage of a defensive stop, would give the ball back to the Sun team with under one minute remaining. Unable to break into the end zone, Okanagan would sit on the Rebel twenty-eight yard line for the winning field goal.

In a fortuitous twist of fate, Sun’s kicker Isaac Wenger would pull the ball left and wide, but through the end of the end zone to come away with only a single, tying point at the end of game time.

The Rebels would dodge their first loss of the season with an 18-18 tie, improving to 1-0-1 and start the season in a two-way tie for first place with the Sun.

When asked post game to look forward to his expectations in coming games, head coach Charly Cardilicchia would comment,” There’s other teams. We need to take it week by week. At the end of the day this is going to be a very competitive league and there will be a lot of people gunning for us. We’ll be back at the drawing board this week to prepare for our next match up.”

The Westshore Rebels host the VI Raiders August 25th, 7 pm under the lights at Westshills Stadium in a match up that is always entertaining.

 

 

 

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